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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 12-26-2012, 04:13 AM
vojtek vojtek is offline
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Mein Auto: LCI e60 3.0d M sport
Thanks for your replies guys. I had the car twice at BMW. Every time they replaced discs and pads they said that they were warped. In the end they blamed my style of driving as the cause of brake warpage and refused to replace them again under the same warranty. I could pay for a new set with new warranty they said. But I said that it would be pointless cose it's nothing to do with my driving style and I'd rather get an aftermarket set of discs. And so I did. Got a set of Bosch discs. Vibrating had stopped but only for 1.5k miles. Because I read a lot about worn bushings on control arms that can be the cause of the vibrations I decided to replace them with Lemforder ones. (I was assured by BMW mechanics that all bushings were fine)
Got them replaced and the discs machined down. You can see the old ones in pictures above. Everything seemed to be perfectly fine until a week ago when I started noticing vibrations on the steering wheel again.
The only things that haven't been replaced yet and could be responsible for vibrating are the thrust arms and the hubs. Should I replace them??? I'd rather not to without being 100% sure that this is the cause.
Do you guys have any ideas??? Please help...
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:40 AM
StasGS4 StasGS4 is offline
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Originally Posted by socal28 View Post
Got my car back today.
They basically installed new rotors, pads and hubs on both front sides. BMW factory regional rep mentioned that some e60's had experienced this same issue and it was the hubs that was not rotating true.
We'll see if this fixes it.
Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was wondering if this fixed your issue in the long run? Any updates on this topic?

I am planing to replace my hubs and am wondering if I am making the right decision.

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Old 11-04-2015, 11:59 PM
vojtek vojtek is offline
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That would explain a lot. Hubs were the last thing I was going to replace as everything else was replaced with no luck. I was so fed up with the costly parts that I sold my 530 and got a newer 520 instead which lacks of power but is good on fuel.
Hope this will help others.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:43 AM
dharmabmw dharmabmw is offline
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If you have access to a dial indicator, you could check the hub for true-ness (is that even a word?) quite easily. The problem with changing the hub is that you will have to change the bearing as well and that is an ugly job. If there is rust, dirt or grease between the rotor and the hub, that can cause a pulse in the brakes as a variation as small as 0.001" can be felt. A thorough cleaning with a wire brush along with a wash with brake cleaner will take care of most issues but remember to do a before and after measurement.
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